Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de

French Novelist, Playwright, Poet and Short Story Writer

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Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.

It is the mark of a great man that he puts to flight all ordinary calculations. He is at once sublime and touching, childlike and of the race of giants.

Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.

The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris.

Those who spend too fast never grow rich.

When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa.

A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.

Finance, like time, devours its own children.

It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father's craft.

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.

Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys.

When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich.

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman.

First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.

Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them.

The errors of women spring, almost always, from their faith in the good, or their confidence in the true.

To feel, to love, to suffer, to devote herself will always be the text of the life of a woman.

When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.

A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists.

Believe everything you hear said of the world; nothing is too impossibly bad.

For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.

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French Novelist, Playwright, Poet and Short Story Writer